Physical Education (4890)

This is our outgoing specification (last exams 2017).
For our new specification see:

GCSE Physical Education (8582)

GCSE Physical Education provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Students can choose from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity.

Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement.

This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment. To ensure that students have met controlled assessment requirements for GCSE Physical Education, please use our role and activity check tool.

This specification is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies in further education and for those who are interested in related career opportunities.

We are also developing a Level 1/2 Technical Award in Sport (equivalent to a single GCSE) for first teaching in 2017. Sign up for updates, or find out more about the changes to GCSEs and which qualifications we are planning to offer in the future.

For exam entry and certification from June 2014

Students have to take all of the exams and assessments at the end of the course, at the same time as they enter for the subject award. The exam paper and controlled assessments are available once a year in June only.

Call-back appointment booking

If you have any questions about our specification and would like to speak to our subject team, please use our call-back appointment booking system. Choose a preferred time for your call-back and fill in your details on this short Teacher call-back service form, or call us between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, using the contact details below.


Amended due to Changes to GCSEs.

Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title Physical Education
Specification code 4890
Certification code 4891
QAN codes 50046032

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